Ralph Hasenhüttl was pleased with the second-half performance during the Carabao Cup second round win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Michael Obafemi’s solitary strike following good work from Nathan Redmond proved enough on the night, as Saints made it back-to-back victories on the road.
But Hasenhüttl admitted he spoke to his side at the break about being more forceful against the hosts’ style of play.
“I think in the first-half we were a little bit lazy and not aggressive enough. The second-half was much better,” he reflected.
“I think we pressed the ball earlier with more players than we did in the first-half, which we talked about during the break, and then it was a much better performances with more chances on our side and we could have scored more often.”
The boss freshened up his starting line-up, with the likes of Sofiane Boufal, Moussa Djenepo and goalscorer Obafemi coming into the starting line-up, and Hasenhüttl was pleased with how they fared against a strong Championship side.
He added: “We wanted to see how good they work against the ball against such an opponent because they are good with the ball as we all know.
“I liked their performance, it was absolutely ok and they really tried to push hard and it was a good game from the guys.”